Two sorcerers: one good, one bad. Jacob, who uses his power to safeguard the Prince and inhabitants of the Kingdom of Sudana; Mendorun who has already learned the secret of positive energy and wields an army of giant crows. Now he is snatching away children, to steal their souls and create birds that can think. His plan? To become the most powerful sorcerer on earth and he will destroy anyone or anything that gets in his way.The only person standing in his way is a football-mad teenager from Birmingham, Jack Burnside, whose best friend a camel called Bud, can walk through time and space. Jack is in Morocco when Jacob appears with the news that Bud has fallen into Mendorun's hands. Jack must reach him before Mendorun can unlock the camel's magical powers. Unwilling to get involved in another scary adventure, Jack refuses. He couldn't help even if he wanted to. He's on an organised tour with fourteen other boys and every minute of their time is accounted for. He couldn't possibly help...Or could he?A fantasy for children, aged 9 - 12, The Bird Children is the second of the Jack Burnside adventures. The first, A Dangerous Game of Football, was published by Halsgrove.